Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Saturday - April 15, 2017 - 6:21am
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After a clear and cold night, backcountry snow is hard and stable. The avalanche danger is LOW. Use normal caution.

special announcement

Great news… so far there haven’t been any avalanche fatalities in Utah this winter! It has been 26 years since we’ve had a fatality-free winter. Let’s keep it that way and stay safe this spring. Our goal is for everyone to enjoy the Greatest Snow on Earth and come home safe every day. The final regular advisory will be this Sunday, April 16. For the rest of the month we'll issue updates when conditions change significantly; however, we will discontinue issuing regular advisories and avalanche danger ratings after Sunday.

current conditions

Backcountry snow is hard and stable after a cold clear night. The Tony Grove Snotel ​reports an inch or two of new snow and 20 °F this morning. At 8400' there's 100" of total snow, with 154% of average SWE (Snow Water Equivalent)​. A 12 mph west wind is blowing and it's 10 °F at the 9700' CSI Logan Peak weather station. High angled spring sun will soften the snow surface, and there will be nice smooth "corn snow" conditions on many slopes by late morning.

recent activity
  • Expected wet loose avalanches, involving fresh surface snow, were common in the zone during the warm weather earlier in the week.
  • A large, loose wet snow avalanche occurred Tuesday or Wednesday on a 9000' east facing slope north of the state line on Wilderness Peak in Franklin Basin.
Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 12 hours

Colder temperatures are helping to increase the stability of the springtime snow but, as you travel in the mountains, keep a few things in mind:

  • Avoid steep slopes where the surface snow is saturated or showing signs of instability like roller balls, pinwheels, and natural sluffs under trees or rock outcroppings.
  • Avoid being on or below large ridge-top cornices. Overhanging cornices can break further back than expected and trigger avalanches on slopes below. Cornice falls are possible anytime, but are most likely during the heat of the day.
  • Icy surfaces will make for "slide for life" conditions on steep slopes. You might consider using crampons and an ice ax.
  • Continue to use safe travel protocols as you travel through avalanche terrain. One person at a time is the rule. Watch your partner from a safe spot. Everyone should have a beacon, shovel and probe and know how to use them.

A cool but dry air-mass will remain in place today. It will be warmer on Sunday ahead of the next weather disturbance, which will affect the weather on Monday. It will be sunny today, with a high temperature at 8500' of 36 °F and 5 to 14 mph northwest wind. Tonight will be mostly clear, a low temperature of 28 °F and 5 to 7 mph west wind. Sunday will be partly sunny, a high temperature of 48 °F and 5 to 10 mph southwest wind.

general announcements

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Your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know please help us out by submitting snow and avalanche observations. You can call us at 801-524-5304, email by clicking HERE, or include @utavy in your Instagram. In the Logan Area you can reach me at 435-757-7578

This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always exist.